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Monk 

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Adrian Monk is a brilliant San Francisco detective, whose obsessive compulsive disorder just happens to get in the way.

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Andy Breckman
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Series cast summary:
Tony Shalhoub ...  Adrian Monk / ... 125 episodes, 2002-2009
Jason Gray-Stanford ...  Randall Disher 125 episodes, 2002-2009
Ted Levine ...  Captain Leland Stottlemeyer / ... 125 episodes, 2002-2009
Traylor Howard ...  Natalie Teeger 87 episodes, 2005-2009
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Storyline

After the unsolved murder of his wife, Adrian Monk develops obsessive-compulsive disorder, which includes his terror of germs and contamination. His condition costs him his job as a prominent homicide detective in the San Francisco Police Department, but he continues to solve crimes with the help of his assistant and his former boss. Written by Jwelch5742

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New episodes. Same obsessions. See more »

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Official Sites:

USA Network

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 2002 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16 : 9
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There are four episodes that connect to The Silence of the Lambs (1991):
  • Monk: Mr. Monk Goes to Jail (2004) (#2.16) Dale The Whale wants a window in his cell in exchange for giving valuable information, just as Hannibal Lecter did to Clarice Starling.
  • Monk: Mr. Monk and the Blackout (2004) (#3.3) Adrian Monk is in his own apartment with night vision goggles tracking the killer. This is just like the scene in The Silence of the Lambs where Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb is using night vision goggles to stalk Clarice Starling. The shoe is on the other foot though as in the Monk episode the protagonist ("good guy") is stalking the antagonist ("bad guy").
  • Monk: Mr. Monk Bumps His Head (2006) starred Charles Napier, who was a prison guard in The Silence of the Lambs, so he was a Law Enforcement Official in both. Charles Napier also appeared in Star Trek: The Original Series: The Way to Eden (1969) (#3.20) which is also one of five connections between Monk and the Star Trek franchise. So he is the one actor who connects this show, Star Trek, and The Silence of the Lambs.
  • Monk: Mr. Monk Is on the Run: Part 1 (2008) (#6.15) and Monk: Mr. Monk Is on the Run: Part 2 (2008) (#6.16) reunites Ted Levine with Scott Glenn, who also played a Law Enforcement official in the television episode and The Silence of the Lambs. Except that in The Silence of the Lambs, they had no scenes together, in the television episode, they did.
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The show intro shows Monk pouring boiling water on a toothbrush. The toothbrush is a normal toothbrush with a rectangular head. He then immediately brushes his teeth with a oval shaped multicolored toothbrush. See more »

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[repeated line]
Adrian Monk: He's the guy.
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It's a Jungle Out There
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
(all season 2-? episodes)
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Best and Funniest Show in Years
22 August 2004 | by michealmceSee all my reviews

Seriously, what shows have been that great in the past few years, that could appeal to just about any person? Monk delivers laughs and mysteries to a wide range of audiences. Experts on O.C.D. (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) say that the show does a credit to all patients in this field, instead of insulting and making fun of them, as many shows and movies do.

I'm so glad I discovered this show for my whole family. Now we refer to Friday night as "Monk Night", just because we love this show so much. Everyone should give this show a chance because it deserves at least that much. I almost felt sorry for it, seeing how ABC canceled it and all. But then, luckily, USA saw the promise in it and picked it straight up. Now most people feel sorry for ABC! Of course, if they weren't so quick to, as I say, "Judge and Cancel" all new shows, maybe they could have some decent programs on. 2 episodes just isn't enough.

This isn't one of those shows where I'll say "Well, if you have some extra time one Friday night and you're feeling bored..." No, trust me, this is a show you want to MAKE time for. Let me include a brief overview:

Adrien Monk (Tony Shalhoub) is a Detective with O.C.D. (see above), whose wife died 6 years ago when a car bomb killed her. Monk believed that the bomb was meant for him, and blames himself for her death. For the main part, Monk is going around solving crimes of all shapes and sizes (although they are all homicide), although every once in a while Monk, on one of his cases, will uncover something about the murder of his wife, which is a top goal for him. He is accompanied by his nurse/assistant Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram), and just about every episode has the police captain Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) and Lt. Randal Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford), who is an absolute riot at times, because he has a heroic sense. In other words, he's watched too many episodes of "Cops" and likes to imitate major police films. He also seems to have a "thing" for Sharona, even though they act like they hate each other. One last character that finishes off a great cast is Doctor Charles Kroger, Monk's Psychiatrist.

Overall, this is a must see for all, and if you miss this show, you're missing out on a great entertainment opportunity.


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